We are living in a political landscape that is currently dissolving, and as it does every day presents new questions, fundamental and human in their nature, some completely new. As they do, we need to separate, observe, and classify them. Dissolution in chemistry means the breaking down of complex compounds into their basic particles. Scientists use this technique as a way to collect feedback and data based on the contents of the issue, and that’s exactly what we have got to do. All of us, not just this or that candidate’s supporters. We have to sort out what kind of a position we are dealing with before we can chart a good strategy, and that is going to take us all.
On Sunday night, Taylor Swift stunned the world with her ringing endorsement of the Democratic Party. She called Marsha Blackburn(R-TN) to account for not sharing American values, and gave a shout out specifically to Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper of Tennessee.
Within the next 24 hours, more than 65,000 people had registered to vote, just in Tennessee.
It was a beautiful moment. The sense of betrayal Democratic women are feeling over the confirmation of alleged molester of women Brett Kavanaugh to our nation’s Supreme Court is obviously gigantic. It was a disgraceful moment for the world. But out of the aftermath, a movement began rising.
One of the first ones to come out and speak for it was country music legend Taylor Swift.
It was a huge moment, thematic in the extreme. In the year of the Democratic woman, this has happened. God bless this woman. Swift’s silence on the issue of politics has been conspicuous since before the election. Silence has been code for assent this whole time.
Many who would never talk about their support for Trump went out and voted for him. Taylor Swift had not used her power to condemn what was going on around her. That led many to believe she condoned it.
On Sunday night, Taylor blew the dust off that belief.
Taylor Swift’s power to reach out and touch other people is obviously massive, but it’s worth taking a look at just how massive. Her Twitter following alone is 114 million. That is more than Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders all put together. The fact that she has used that kind of power for the cause of helping us Democrats has left this contributor speechless with gratitude.
As Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for told Buzzfeed on Monday, “Thank God for Taylor Swift.”,
So what led to this massive turnaround? It certainly has cost her some backlash. The alt-right is furious. “A Betrayal Beyond Words,” read one headline I saw.
Early reports, given to US Weekly by an anonymous source, told us that the pop star had broken her long silence because “She doesn’t care about haters anymore”, and wanted to use her platform for good. But earlier today, in a lengthy Instagram post, Swift gave us the story.
It was her love for the people that did it. Gender orientation and racism were both given as specific causes that drove her to speak out.
“I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love,” Swift said.
In fact, that’s what’s driving a lot of us to speak out, haters or not. All of us Resistors, who have been put through the ugliest times in recent history as the sore winner alt-right trolls have come on threads all across the internet boasting and spouting filth in jubilance over Kavanaugh. Speaking to them is kind of like cleaning up vomit.
Swift is not the first country music star in recent history to break ranks with their conservative base. The Dixie Chicks received a huge backlash in 2003 when their lead singer, Natalie Maines, said they were ashamed that George W. Bush was from Texas just after the Iraq War began. Their base was outraged. They bulldozed their CD’s.
In the eyes of the rest of the world, they were superstars.
Taylor Swift will undoubtedly face all manner of slander and revile for this. It will be misogynistic, and it will be hateful. People will be ugly and unfair and cruel.
And none of it will touch her.
This powerhouse of a woman does not need the approval of a bunch of alt-right crazies! For one thing, she’s a Millennial Democrat. Her number is many. For another, she’s one of the biggest names in music in the world. If you’re going to bulldoze all of her CD’s, you’d better be ready to dig some new landfills. Knock yourselves out.
So anyway, Taylor Swift, thank you. Thank you very much. We really needed your help. Bless your heart on behalf of the entire human race, welcome to the Blue Wave, and know that this will never be forgotten.
Alleged rapist Brett Kavanaugh got a big step closer to confirmation today.
It sickens me to even have to write this. Can’t we do better? Is a drunken slob like this really the best that America can offer its highest seats of jurisprudence? What implication does that have for our country?
These questions lack satisfactory answers completely.
They even ignored the testimony of Kenneth Appold, one of the most respected theological professors in the nation who said he could personally corroborate that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted Deborah Ramirez in high school. That “investigation” was a total sham. It was a sick joke. It reminded me of a dying goldfish I had as a little kid.
Don’t they see? If things keep along the way they are, the progress made in the last one hundred years will be lost. We’ll be right back in the good ol’ boy days, the days of cronyism and graft and corruption.
And then I remember- That’s exactly what they want.
I’m good and disgusted this morning. I keep seeing the twisted up rage in the face of the whiner Kavanaugh, threatening and storming, screaming up the 40-year-old Virgin defense. He looked like a cartoon character of somebody sniveling.
I compare that with the dignity on the face of Christine Blasey Ford, who risked every aspect of her safe and quiet life to get up there on that podium and tell that humiliating story. Who wants to be a victim?
The people who go around spouting that “false accusation, men are the victims” lie always manage to leave that part out. It’s a miserable, embarrassing thing to have someone come along and do unto you. Nobody wants to think of themselves that way.
This was not a person likely to be bought off; if she was, the Republicans would have outbid us anyway. They would have paid anything to jam that guy through. The only hope we had was that some decency would rise up in the hearts of a few of the Republicans, and in one case, it did.
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted no, and Susan Collins has still yet to declare officially, we’re waiting on that to come through in an hour. But he passed this hurdle, and there’s no mistaking it.
Regarding the lone Democratic yes, that of West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, even if he had voted no, Mike Pence would have broken the tie. It would not have slowed down Kavanaugh’s path to confirmation at all, and it would probably have cost Manchin his bid for reelection. He’s currently beating his primary opponent,
If the opportunity opens for Joe to use his vote to stop Kavanaugh, he will do it, and all true Democrats know this. If it doesn’t, then who cares who he voted for? Usually, only purists from the far left who live in progressive states. Easy for them to say. Red-state pragmatism is necessary. In the end he’s one of us.
We have seen this kind of thing before. It’s all an eerie repeat of 1992, and the Anita Hill hearings on Capitol Hill. Again, it was because the Republicans were trying to force a loathsome sex offender, Clarence Thomas(who has used his power to make one ruling in the last twelve years, shortly after media publicity revealed that he had not bothered to do so in ten years) down our throats and onto the Supreme Court bench.
Going forward, it’s important to remember that cloture is not the same as confirmation. We still have hope of a last minute change of heart, and even if he’s confirmed ultimately, it’s still not the end of the world. It’s just really disgusting. The fight was still worth it. We’re thirty-two days from the election, and this whole ordeal has empowered the Blue Wave beyond anything we have seen so far. 1992 saw Thomas get in, regardless of what he had done to Hill, but it saw a few other things also.
Televised images of a committee, composed exclusively of white males, sharply questioning African-American law professor Anita Hill disturbed many women, and of a sudden, they became galvanized en masse. It became known as the Year of the Woman.
Not long after, on January 3, 1993, for the first time in American history, California became the first state in the nation to be represented in the Senate by two women- Barbara Boxer, and Dianne Feinstein, who of course was the one to blow the whistle on Kavanaugh in today’s saga.
History repeats itself constantly, and the events of the 1980’s and 90’s have played an odd role in all this, with the sitcom stars and professional wrestling videos, and all the rest of it. If the past is any indication, the Year of the Democratic Woman, 2018, is going to crash into the Republicans with the force of a nuclear tsunami.
Go ahead and push it through, Republicans. Ruin your names for all of history. That’s what we want you to do. Because when we get back in power, we’re going to dismantle you with this.
The saga of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings has ventured from the unsound into the realm of the bizarre.
A Fox News interview the other night saw Kavanaugh trying desperately to regain his momentum, using what a chess player or movie buff might call the 40-year old Virgin Defense. Remained a virgin well into his twenties, according to him.
Are we supposed to feel sorry for him?
It was weird. Real weird. Here’s a guy who is about to be serving in the highest court in the land, the United States Supreme Court, and he’s on TV listing off all the sexual stuff he did as a young man. Creepy. Gross. Nobody cares, dude. T.M.I.
Kavanaugh’s own feelings about his conduct have receded into insignificance at this point. It’s out of his control completely. Trumpism is about to get hit with #metoo head on. This is the year of the Democratic woman; I wouldn’t be on the other side of this for all the money ever made by man.
Trump himself has launched into a full-blown assault on the attackers. That’s what rape culture is, in case anyone reading this has ever wondered. The victims are the ones who end up on trial because the powerful men the attackers resemble can see it happening to them. They think they’re fighting for their right to party.
One person who vehemently took sides with no facts used to be a decent sort of guy, Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senator from North Carolina. Trump has been chumming him up since the start. Looks like it’s working.
Graham went beyond what is publicly known about the Christine Blasey Ford accusation that Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, saying “everybody named in regard to being there said it didn’t happen.”
Not quite, bud.
Kavanaugh “said it didn’t happen, that much is true. But he also said he was never even in the room, or at the party.
His ex-roommate Mark Judge said otherwise. He was quite clear about Kavanaugh’s having been at the party, and in the room with Dr. Ford. He just denied the events took place within them.
There were another two witnesses also, but they also didn’t go so far as to say, as Graham suggested, that nothing ever happened. Mr. Patrick J. Smyth, and Ms. Leland Ingham Keyser both said they had no recollection of the party that Ford described.
But they didn’t say it never happened.
In fact, Keyser told the Washington Post that she believes Ford. So do Democrats, who understand that bringing an end to rape culture requires that women who come forward with their stories be believed.
All he ever did was to make a tasteless joke, but even so, he was willing to give up his seat in Congress to set an ethical example for the rest of us, and to be a good ally to women. He is missed, and so is his sense of decency, growing thinner by the day in the nation’s fair capital.
On Monday, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein bomb was dropped. Trump wants to fire him, because, in the words of one headline I read the other day, “The strategy was to try and do something really big,” if it was going to save Kavanaugh.
Trump, in his petty rage and blind arrogance, is threatening to take away the Mueller probe and throw even more disorder into the country if we don’t give him his Kavanaugh.
To this man, the fate and future of the country are just poker chips in his casino- and it went out of business long ago.
Meanwhile, the other Republicans are still clinging to Kavanaugh for all that they are worth. Rush Limbaugh said Republicans can “Kiss the Midterms Goodbye,” if they don’t confirm Kavanaugh. They fear to dampen the enthusiasm of their voters by ditching him before the midterms.
The thought of the harm it might do the country to have a potential pervert in our highest judiciary is not considered at all, so long as he will vote like a crony in the future and put his name on all their lousy schemings. That is their M.O. these days. Ask Roy Moore. Sex offenses and the Senate don’t mix, and the Supreme Court is not a better match.
Understandably, we will fight like a drowning man to save ourselves and our nation from that fate, and this too the Republicans know. That is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a shout out to the Resistance in the form of a bitter revile. “Whatever it took– whatever the truth really was- they were going to do whatever they could to stop this…”
You better believe it.
One key Republican holdout, Lisa Murkowski, has already signaled her support for Kavanaugh’s accusers. Senator Susan Collins is said to be wavering also.
To them both, we would like to say this: It is not too late to make the right decision, and to use your power to stop this. Resist party pressure. Vote with your heart. Do what it takes to keep our country great, like it always has been.
Help us to stop this man.
Back in the day, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was apparently a real party animal.
According to Mark Judge, his old college compadre, Kavanaugh was a highly motivated student, with dreams and goals and a clear path to pursuing them- by drinking 100 kegs of beer by the end of senior year.
Strippers. A guy who fell through all the ceilings in the frat house at a party. The saga of the 100 Keg Quest. These are the characteristics of the man they’re trying to put in our judiciary.
These are new details coming to light in Mark Judge’s descriptions of his days as a Georgetown Prep student. In his new book, “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,” he regales us with tales of joyful sloven. Judge was an alcoholic who now has his sobriety, we wish him well in keeping it.
But it’s not going to be easy, now that he’s got to cover up for his pal Kavanaugh’s grotesque behavior. It will keep you up at night, stabbing your own country in the heart. Easy to say to hell with it, I need a drink.
Meanwhile, Kavanaugh’s alleged victim, Christine Blasey Ford, is bravely readying for public testimony on Thursday morning. Some elements of the hearing still remain unresolved in talks with the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to her lawyers.
Ford’s lawyers held a second call in two days on Sunday with bipartisan staff on the Judiciary panel, continuing to iron out those details. The hearing is going to be huge. The consequences of it darkly shadow not only the prospects not only of Kavanaugh’s confirmation but also of the midterms up ahead. The Blue Wave is coming.
In the meantime, Trump, who currently disgraces the office of president, could not keep his mouth shut on this.
Unsurprisingly, he has taken the side of the offender, as he did with former judge and Alabaman Senate candidate Roy Moore before him. He is now on the warpath against Ford, who has been receiving death threats from crazed Trump supporters, and in fact, has been forced out of her home..
“Why didn’t she go to the cops in 1982?” he screams.
Probably because she knew the death threats would begin as soon as she did!
Anyone who has ever taken thirty seconds out of their life to look into this subject can tell you: Victims of sexual assault often do not turn it in. They know they themselves will be in effect put on trial, every bit as much so as the accuser. In fact, by defying powerful men, they put their very lives at risk. Trump’s abusive behavior is a great big festering neon example.
This creates a nightmare scenario for Republicans in Congress, who according to a former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, “had a strategy” to “keep him under wraps.”
They don’t appear to have a strategy anymore. But we do.
Going forward, we’ve got to keep the pressure on as hard as we are able. It’s the new school year, vacation is over, everyone is busy, it’s true. But just the same. Now is the time to raise awareness about this as far as we can.
See you in the trenches.
Last week Senator Dianne Feinstein referred information regarding a claim of serious sexual assault committed by Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh’s alleged victim had intended to remain anonymous, but on Sunday morning, she stepped forward. “I was in fear for my life during that encounter,” she said.
On Sunday, psychologist Christine Blasey Ford came forward as the author. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations- but it’s not really looking very good for him. Years of psychotherapy notes confirm it, and she even went so far as to have a polygraph done on herself.
She passed, too. One wonders if Kavanaugh will have the same amount of guts.
Senate judiciary proceedings relating to the confirmation hearings of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, got off to a rough start for the Republicans on their first day, and things have not improved for them. Our Democratic leadership has been out there in full effect the whole time.
Rising star Kamala Harris led the first round of protests, making sure Chuck Grassley was unable to continue moving the hearing along until Kavanaugh cut out his weaseling and answered her question. She was great and we are very proud of her.
Senator Patrick Leahy did an op-ed piece for the Washington Post on Thursday, eloquently stating his case for why he will never support Kavanaugh for a seat on our Supreme Court.
He brought to light a number of instances of Kavanaugh’s involvement in old e-mail scandals that predated Hillary Clinton, back when a bunch of them got stolen from Democratic senators during the W. Bush administration, and said he “cast aside truth in pursuit of raw ambition.”
“Unimpeachable integrity must never be optional,” Leahy wrote in a powerfully worded op-ed published by the Washington Post.
Our issue with Kavanaugh not only that he may very well repeal Roe vs. Wade and make abortion illegal again- which would kill many women. It’s also that they’re covering up his background so we can’t see who he is. It’s bad enough when they do that with people who are running for President or Congress. Supreme Court justices serve for life.
It’s obviously important, regardless of the petty attempts on the part of Lindsey Graham and others to label our patriotic instincts as sour grapes.
It certainly is a bad thing that Russia and our domestic radical right got together and broke every law there is to steal the election and leave an illegitimate wreck in the White House, but this has nothing to do with that except to note it as a side effect.
The issue of how powerful the American judiciary is cannot be overstated. Of the three branches of our government, it is by far the strongest. The Supreme Court has the power of judicial review, meaning they have to approve any legislature before it becomes law. They can shoot holes in anything any president or Congress tries to do.
The supreme power in the land is the judiciary, hence the term Supreme Court. We don’t want this guy to have it.
Kavanaugh has done a lot of partisan work in Washington- for the Republicans. He was even in on the cheap trick that was Kenneth Starr’s attempt to take down Bill Clinton. And he’s replacing Anthony Kennedy, who had a special place in the heart of Trump and his pals.
Kennedy’s son was leading a real-estate division of Deutsche Bank at the time it gave Trump over a billion dollars in loans to finance his projects when other banks wouldn’t.
It seems clear that raised eyebrows are not out of place here.
Kavanaugh is yet another old white male conservative who will drag the Supreme Court even further right than it is already. This is already the most conservative Supreme Court in American history. They recently held up one of Trump’s travel bans. Kavanaugh will make it worse. That is why we are fighting this so hard and will continue to do so.
On Thursday California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a statement regarding her referral of information regarding Kavanaugh’s nomination to the FBI, who conducts background checks on potential government employees.
Turned out it was a sexual assault allegation. What a surprise. What a pack of jackals like this is doing in our government is beyond me. It’s bad enough we’ve got to share a planet with them.